Getting a good night's rest is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. Not only can lack of sleep make you gain weight, but it can also increase your risk of depression, anxiety, and other not-so fun diseases.
And although eight hours has been the golden standard for adults for years, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) has officially , which could mean some changes for your alarm clock, too.
An expert panel of 18 scientists, including six sleep specialists, reviewed over 300 current studies and research. Then, the team voted on how much sleep they believe is appropriate for each age stage. Some ranges were widened (infants, toddlers, preschoolers, teenagers), while another was narrowed (newborns), and two new categories were introduced: younger adults (ages 18 to 25) and older adults (ages 65+).
Curious where you fall on the list? Here are the NSF's latest recommendations:
• Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)
• Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)
• Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)
• Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)
• School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)
• Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
• Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)
• Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours
• Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category)
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